Updated Sat, Mar 29, 2014 8:42 pm
Coming off of two victories to start Mid-American Conference play on Friday, Ohio kept chugging along offensively with a 5-3 victory over Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon in Mount Pleasant.
“It has been a lot of fun to be around this squad especially offensively,” Ohio head coach Jodi Hermanek said. “There’s nothing we can’t do, nothing we can’t hit, and nobody who can’t do it for us.”
Savannah Jo Dorsey tossed her eleventh complete game of the year and moved to 13-9 on the season. Dorsey baffled Chippewas hitters throughout the game, striking out 10 in the process and allowed just four hits and two earned runs.
After a scoreless first inning, Ohio got on the board in the second when Sloan Walker singled in Dorsey for her first RBI of the season.
The Bobcats put a three-spot on CMU in the third inning with an Adrienne Gebele RBI double that scored Alexia Cortez and a Dorsey triple that plated Alexandria Basquez and Madison Claytor. The sophomore has seen her at-bats increase in 2014 and with more cuts at the plate, she has gotten increasingly better with the bat.
Centerfielder Alyssa Wolfe made a throw from centerfield to nab Lauren Bowman at home plate to keep the game scoreless in the fourth as Madison Claytor blocked the plate and applied the tag.
Casie Hutchinson made three errors from the hot corner, but luckily for the Bobcats, they only resulted in one CMU unearned run. She made up for the mistakes with an RBI double that scored Cortez and gave Ohio a 5-1 lead.
Ohio headed into the bottom of the seventh maintaining that 5-1 lead before having to sweat a little bit. Dorsey surrendered two runs as the ‘Cats made a couple of defensive miscues. Hermanek brought her team together at the mound and they ended the game on a lineout to first baseman Basquez.
Amanda Dalton, Hutchinson, Cortez and Dorsey all picked up two hits as the Bobcats smacked out 12 hits as a team, the third straight game in which Ohio has collected at least 12 hits.
“This is the offensive squad that we’ve known and loved all season,” Hermanek said. “Just grateful and happy to have everything going in our favor right now.
Ohio moved to 18-13 and 3-0 in the MAC with the victory.